Believe it or not, it has been one year since Jerry Sandusky surrendered on child molestation charges. What a year it's been for Bellefonte and the Penn State communities.
On the surface, it was business as usual in Bellefonte Monday morning. Underneath, however, this blue-and-white town remains black-and-blue; bruised and battered from an alleged cover up, scarred from a convicted child molester's actions.
Behind the counter at a local deli, Arlene Milton is glad she can get back to making sandwiches for townspeople. For the past year, she's fed a multitude of media from across the country who flocked to Centre County for pre-trial after pre-trial, the trail, and sentencing.
"[Sandusky] hit Centre County as a whole," said Milton. "We're just blast-bombed about everything when it comes to him, ya know."
On Saturday, November 4, 2011, the Pennsylvania attorney general's office announced they filed child sex abuse against Sandusky. Not many outside the Penn State community knew who he was. Everyone inside Nittany Lion Nation thought they knew who he was.
A day later, on November 5, 2011, the former Penn State defensive coordinator turned himself in. Many witnessed the white-haired man with a smirk get pushed into a state police cruiser. Images with a beloved figure with handcuffs not only shackled his wrists, but they squeezed anyone and everyone attached to the university or the football program.
To fully describe the timeline of events would be to write a novel. By now, most remember - even if they don't want to - the unfortunate trail of dominos that fell shortly after.
Over the next 12 months, many of us witnessed unprecedented sights, heard unforgettable words and stories.
While the tale does not have a final conclusion, the main story has had somewhat a satisfying ending: justice. The 68-year-old was convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse in June. Last month, a judge sentenced Sandusky to 30 to 60 years in state prison; a "life sentence."
Now, healing must begin, according to Bellefonte Police Chief Shawn Weaver, who has planned and executed a lifetime's worth of controlled chaos in one year. The life-long resident said there's only one way for Bellefonte to go: up.
"He's in jail. He's in prison. Lock him up throw away the key," Weaver said. "We have to move on. This community has to stick together like it's doing."
Sandusky last week was transferred to Greene state prison in southwestern Pennsylvania to live out the remainder of his sentence.